gridirongirl Perfect Pulled Pork Recipe

gridirongirl Perfect Pulled Pork with Kyvan BBQ Sauce

The first thing to remember about smoking meat is that you want good quality, fresh meat. It’s best to head to a local butcher since they can provide you cuts of meat that the normal grocery store can’t.  Keep in mind that when you are smoking meat, fat is a good thing.  This is not a steak you are cooking here, so the more fat, the more moist your BBQ will be!

You will need:

One Boston Butt about 9-10lbs.  (If you have a big gang showing up to your tailgate, buy two).

Bone in or bone out?  Bone in leaves you with a lot of great flavor, however boneless will cook a lot faster.  When you are smoking meat, timing is everything.

The Rub:

  • 2 TBS sea salt
  • 2 TBS paprika
  • 1 TBS cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp thyme powder
  • 2 tsp mayo or mustard (preference)

Mix together and rub your meat the day before it’s time to fire up your smoker.  If you don’t have that kind of time, try to get it rubbed into the meat at least 2 hours before placing it on the smoker.  The longer you wait, the more flavor it will have.  First, rub the meat down with your mayo or mustard, then coat liberally with your rub, all over the meat.

Fire up your smoker to 225F for about 1 ½ hours.  “Slow and Low” is what the experts call it.  Keep the temperature low and cook it slow. That’s the key to moist and tender meat.

Be sure to use the water soak pan and wood chips as advised by your smoker.  Keep in mind that hot water comes to temp faster than cool water and that timing is everything.

Put the roast on the center of the grate.  Close the smoker and go to bed!  YES.  For at least 6-8 hours.

You will wake up to a perfectly cooked pork butt for which you can slice or pull apart with gloves.

If you are taking it to tailgate, we suggest  you wrap the roast whole in aluminum foil and place in a cooler alone (no ice).  When its time to prepare, you can slice it or pull it, as they do in the South.

The only thing left to do is top it with your favorite sauce, ours is the Kyvan Brand….Enjoy!



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